I know you are all familiar with the ice cream push pops from when you were a kid (or from your own kids because thankfully they are still making them), but how about one filled with cake?? Treat pops have been literally popping up all over the internet and Wilton as usual is on board and making great tools for you to use.
Their mini whoopie pie pan makes the perfect sized cake round to fit into the tube of a treat pop, and then their treat pop decorating set comes with everything else you will need: tips 230 (for filling container), 2A, 32, 48 (for topping), eight 12 inch disposable decorating bags and instructions on making treat pops. And of course you cannot make a treat pop without the proper container, and Wilton even improved them by adding a feature where the cap turns treat pop into a stand-up container for easy decorating and serving. This specially designed hole in the cap also allows you to embellish the treat pop with the cap on.
Previous treat pops I have purchased from other brands did not have this fun feature on their caps, and it really made decorating the pops much easier – no pop stand required! Also, the caps snap tighter than my previous experiences, making me feel more comfortable transporting them. Also, the long tapered tip provided by in the treat pop decorating kit definitely made piping the filling into the long tube much easier. Wilton thinks of everything, don’t they?
Since I have recently been sucked into the NBA playoffs cheering for the Memphis Grizzlies, I decided to make Grizzlies inspired treat pops – Grizz-Pops! They consist of a layering of three blue velvet whoopie pies and a lemon cream cheese frosting. If you notice, I should’ve let the frosting sit in the fridge for a little while before topping because after piping it in my hands had warmed it up so that the swirls didn’t hold their shape. But they still taste great! Just top with some team-spirited star sprinkles and it’s time to “screw calm and grind on”! (That’s what my shirt says in the background on the picture).
Every year on the first hot day of the year, I finally cave and turn on my central air only to find out that it does not blow cold air. Every year the apartment maintenance guys have to come out and do something with the freon, and then it works. But meanwhile, every year I somehow decide to bake something and turn my already 80+ degree apartment into an uncomfortable place to be. Sure enough, two days ago my car said it was 87 degrees outside when I was driving home at 5:30pm. And true to form, I thought it was a great idea to bake a cake before checking to see if the central air worked. As a result I am once again reminded how how I am not looking forward to the coming of the Memphis-summer-sauna. It’s early April, I shouldn’t be sweating already! Spring is such a farce here.
Thankfully a storm came through last night to bring the temperatures back down into the 60s for the next few days. But moving on to this cake. I find it very difficult to not make cupcakes instead of full cakes. Cupcakes are just easier to manage with decorating and serving. Plus it always seems like cupcakes get eaten faster than cakes even though it’s the same quantity. But I have two beautiful cake stands that rarely get used for their actual intended purpose, so I decided to practice my cake decorating skills and use my hand painted (by me) cake stand. I was pretty excited by this cake because it’s the first pear recipe to appear on The Spiffy Cookie. The cake is a blend of pear (Chobani’s pear Greek yogurt) and almond flavors (extract and almond meal) topped with a browned butter and brown sugar cinnamon buttercream. And doesn’t it just looks dandy on that cake stand?
Today my mother is having yet another surgery in attempts to put a stop to the remaining aneurysm behind her eye. About a year ago, she had surgery on the same one but in the end did not work. Obviously, we are all hoping this time will finally take care of it after first discovering about the two aneurysms a decade ago. Unfortunately, I yet again was unable to be there today but my brother was able to swing purchasing a flight last minute and will be there. I do think my package may have made it on time this round, as opposed to last year’s failed overnight shipment. And no I did not mail my mother a molten lava cake because that would’ve been a difficult thing to package. But in honor of Valentine’s Day and my mom’s (current) favorite color, I present to you these red velvet molten lava cakes.
When it comes to shortcakes I usually am a traditional strawberry girl, but after seeing these with Meyer lemon zest in the shortcake itself and topped with Meyer lemon curd I couldn’t resist. After all, I love nearly all fruit so I have to pass on the strawberries from time to time.
The verdict? You really need to make these. Use regular lemons if you have to and just add a little more sugar, because these shortcakes were so good I could’ve eaten them without being topped by anything. Meyer lemon biscuit cookie anyone?
One year ago: Spinach Artichoke Pasta
Welcome to day #3 of Christmas Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Jen of Juanita’s Cocina. Today’s theme for Christmas Week is “Christmas Cakes and Cupcakes”. Check out all the special treats today:
- Christmas Coconut Cake by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic
- Cranberry Coffee Cake by Jen of Juanita’s Cocina
- Holly Topped White Cupcakes by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Eggnog Pound Cake with Rum Glaze by Anuradha of Baker Street
- Christmas in the Tropics Cake by Kristen of Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker
- Cranberry-Walnut Coffecake by Isabelle of Crumb
- Pumpkin Dream Cake by Erin of Dinners, Dishes and Desserts
- Christmas Red Velvet Mug Cake by Erin of The Spiffy Cookie
- Reindeer Cupcakes by Ramona of Curry and Comfort
- Whiskey Nut Fruitcake by Heather of Girlichef
- Tres Leches Cake by Cathy of The Dutch Baker’s Daughter
- Monkey Bread Cupcakes by Chung-Ah of Damn Delicious
The amount of baking that occurs during the month of December can become quite ridiculous. With all the cookies, bars, and candy being made, sometimes it’s nice to whip something up that serves just one or two people. And that doesn’t mean that is has to be something boring or plain either. Go ahead and make yourself a red velvet mug cake with green cream cheese frosting! Don’t forget the sprinkles.
This recipe can serve one in an over-sized mug or two by using smaller mugs or ramekins. I decided to ration my red velvet into two portions – one now and one later. And by later I mean a few hours later. That still counts as portion control, right? Therefore I can still rationalize eating a couple of those extra cookies lying around ;-).
Tonight is the Big Ten Championship game. You know, that game we should be dominating in after an amazing 12 and 0 (H!) season? But unfortunately sanctions were taken this year instead of last year (our terrible 6-7 season), so we cannot participate. And since Penn State cannot either due to their own more severe wrong-doings, the 3rd best team in our division, Michigan State, is playing instead against Nebraska (the winner of the Legends division). However, even though we are not playing I can pretend we are by making one last peanut butter and chocolate recipe this fine Saturday.
I know I said last Saturday was the final “Peanut Butter & Chocolate Saturday”, but I highly doubt anyone is going to be upset with one more recipe. Especially when it is also gluten-free friendly! Plus, this recipe is dangerously easy to make and the end result is fantastic. After one bite you will agree, the words “gooey” and “peanut butter” belong together just as much as “chocolate” and “peanut butter”.
After last week’s win against Penn State in the affectionately named “Ineligibowl“, I am feeling quite good about this season. You would think I’d have that sense already by being 9-0 but to me winning isn’t everything, it also matters how well we win. After barely beating Purdue the week before in overtime I wasn’t feeling all that great about it. Hopefully today’s game versus Illinois won’t produce a headache. If we can get through the next two games (Bye week next weekend, followed by Wisconsin), then it’s on to that state up north, M*chigan. Pardon my use of a bad word (although I understand that only OSU fans will really understand why it is a bad word).
My body is still recovering from my accident-prone-ness at last weekend’s tailgating (sliced open my finger on a beer can, and pulled a tendon in my foot), so for today’s game I went with a much more low-key treat. I made a single serving cake that is magically baked in the microwave for a minute! Do you realize how dangerous this mug cake phenomenon just became in my hands? I have seen various versions of mug cakes floating about the internet but didn’t cave until I found this one with a peanut butter mousse on top. It takes a little more effort because of that addition, but it is beyond worth the extra 2 minutes of time it takes to prepare.
If you thought the s’mores lava cakes I made earlier this year were something to drool over, wait until you see these – peanut butter stuffed!
These lava cakes have been a staple sinful dessert in my life for several years now, and I have yet to not eat the entire cake by myself. Hence why I state that this dessert could serve 8 people if they are able to resist the glory of what sits on a plate in front of them. But to me, placing two spoons by one of these cakes just means I have a spoon for each hand.
They look so innocent at first. Until you cut into one and it’s true self is revealed. Hello lover!
Oh and of course… GO BUCKS!!! Even though we cannot be BCS ranked this year it doesn’t mean we cannot keep trucking along with a great season – today’s battle is against Purdue, which is my dad’s alma mater. Family feud anyone?
Boxed cake mix comes in handy for more things than just making cupcakes for a last minute party. Cake mix can also be used as the base of bars (such as the ones I posted yesterday), as an ingredient in pies, frosting, ice cream, and most popularly on my blog in different kinds of cake batter dips.
To use this homemade mix, I measured out 18.25 oz (about 2-1/2 cups) to use in place of a box of yellow cake mix indicated in yesterday’s bar recipe. And it worked great! Although I haven’t tried making an actual cake with it yet, at least I know it can work for recipes that call for it as one of their ingredients. I constantly have half-used boxes of cake mix from the creations that pop up in my kitchen.
This would likely also work to make gluten-free cake mixes since I know they make gluten-free all-purpose flour and cake flour. Just be sure to add some xanthan gum. To take it a step further, if you could find a lactose-free nonfat dry milk powder you could even make a lactose-free cake mix (using margarine instead of butter of course).